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by Jerry Brito on Sep 24, 2007
Here’s a quick Unclutterer video tip to help you tackle cable clutter under a media center. All it takes is a simple multi-hook rack and a little imagination.
Posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown - 09/24/2007
I’ve managed to pull cables out of electronics and knock them to the floor when the cables get sucked up the vacuum cleaner!
Thanks for the EXCELLENT IDEA!!
Posted by Bill - 09/24/2007
He said, “whatnot”.
Posted by Mirko - 09/24/2007
Thanks for the great tip! I’ll have to try that one
Posted by Christy - 09/24/2007
Posted by Decatur - 09/24/2007
Jerry, Great Idea !! We would love to see more of your home for inspiration.
Posted by Michael - 09/24/2007
This is a good idea. I’ve used ‘cable bones’ in the past and love them.
Posted by Sal - 09/24/2007
this is truly amazing! i feel one should hide any aspect of life that isn’t sterile or clinical. it is shameful to be seen as being a “normal” person suffering from the “foibles” of life. with this handy tip, sure, the mess is still there, lurking behind the cabinet, but at least on face value one appears to being in control of everything. next we can cure cancer.
Posted by Dave - 09/24/2007
Excellent video! I did something similar with the cables behind my computer and it made a HUGE difference. (Some before and after pics for anyone who’s interested)
Jerry – did you consider putting the rack on the wall instead of the TV stand?
Posted by Jerry Brito - 09/24/2007
Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. Glad to see there’s an interest in videos and I’ll see if I can make some more.
@Dave- Yes, the thought crossed my mind, but didn’t seem like a good idea to me. First, I wanted avoid holes in the wall. By putting the rack on the cabinet I can now move it to a new place in the apartment or to a new apartment without reinstalling it. Second, if the rack was mounted on the wall, it would be more difficult to wrap the cables around it because they would slack once you moved the cabinet back into place.
Posted by Jon - 09/24/2007
Good idea. Or you could just zip-tie or twist-tie each cable.
Or for the minimalist approach: just get rid of the TV altogether and read a book, or go outside.
Posted by jae - 09/24/2007
i’m gonna give a big ‘meh’ to this – all that’s been done is picking the mess up off the floor – the wires still look all tangled, etc.
why not get some velcro straps and neaten things up back there.
Posted by newswede - 09/24/2007
For best ausio/video quality you want to gather each cable up and zip-tie it together individually, keeping them in long rows. Make sure they are laying horizontal. Check out this site to see how a pro does it (this is a good ideal though) so you can blend the 2 concepts.
Posted by Dean in Des Moines - 09/25/2007
No! Don’t zip-tie cables! The cables get squished, kinked or cut. Instead, get yourself a roll of velcro and cut off appropriate lengths. Treat your cables well and they will last longer and perform better.
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